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Quack Quack seems to be the greeting the past 24 hours. For those COGS E-News readers from the Pacific Northwest it must seem humorous that 2 to 4 inches of rain can raise such havoc. Hopefully all of our readers had tight roofs, non-leaking skylights and safe travels through the wet streets. The city has several programs that will cut your costs to improve your living quarters. There are tools to borrow, funds available, supported neighborhood projects, and emergency home repair help. Check the descriptions and links below.

The Primary Election is over and six city council candidates move to the November 6th General Election. COGS will publish every Meet n Greet or candidate forum that is submitted to us as encouragement for you to attend and personally talk with each. Just send the information to

Multiple public meetings are being held that are well worth you attending. Please mark your calendar, attend and get your voice heard.
PLANNING COMMISSION REMOTE HEARING: Public comment will be taken on four proposed rezoning cases that are requesting major amendments to the city's General Plan to allow their northern Scottsdale projects. Three are located in the Pinnacle Peak and near-Preserve area of Greasewood Flats. Please mark your Daily Planner now and attend tomorrow, Wednesday, 10 September from 5 pm to 8 pm in Copper Ridge School cafeteria 10101 E. Thompson Peak Parkway.

The cases are: Pinnacle Peak Patio (2-GP-2014) request to change the land use from Commercial to Suburban Neighborhoods on roughly 11 acres north of the Jomax Road and Pinnacle Peak Parkway intersection. El Regalo (3-GP-2014) request to change from Commercial to Suburban Neighborhoods on approximately 6 acres north of the NE corner of Scottsdale Road and Westland Drive. Cavalliere Flat (4-GP-2014) request to change from Commercial and Rural Neighborhoods to Rural Neighborhoods and Suburban Neighborhoods on roughly 46 acres on the SE corner of Alma School Parkway and Pinnacle Vista Drive. Greasewood Flat (5-GP-2014) request to change from Rural Neighborhoods and Natural Open Space to Cultural/Institutional and Public Use on approximately 10 acre site on the NW corner of the East Mariposa Grande Drive and 134th Street alignment.
NOTE: The rezoning of the 462 acres by the preserve is not one of these cases but it is related to the move of Greasewood Flats to the same area.

McDOWELL CORRIDOR PUBLIC OUTREACH meeting series begins tomorrow night in southern Scottsdale. Wed.,Sept 10th- in Supai Middle School on Roosevelt at 5:30 pm begins the first public discussion on how to revitalize the McDowell Corridor area. Additional public meetings will be held Wed. Sept 17th at 5:30 pm at SkySong in the Global Room then Thurs. Oct. 23rd 5:30 pm at Tonalea Grade School and ending at the Granite Reef Senior Center on October 30th at 5:30 pm. You may attend as many sessions as you wish. Bring your opinions and constructive ideas to help energize this important area of our city.

THOMAS ROAD TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS Until January 1st 2015 you can expect considerable delays from 73rd Street to Miller road 7 am to 5 pm as the Thomas Road Streetscape Project is under construction.

WATER SOFTENER REBATE POSSIBLE If you remove or upgrade your water softening device you might be eligible for a special two-year pilot program with the city. Click here for details two-year pilot program.

NEIGHBORHOOD ENHANCEMENT PARTNERSHIP program may provide financial assistance for neighborhood-based improvement projects. Check out the website information and gather your neighbors to team up and spruce up. Click here for details Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership

EXTERIOR REHAB PROGRAM Homeowners within a designated Historic District may apply for funding to protect the unique character of their properties. Villa Monterey and Village Grove are examples of eligible neighborhoods. click here Historic Residential Exterior Rehabilitation Program.

BORROW TOOLS FROM THE CITY for your improvement project. Check out "Borrow the tools" available on our new & improved Home Improvement Center page!
OPERATION FIX UP Volunteers and local businesses provide labor and materials to help eligible residents maintain their properties. For additional information view the Operation Fix It page.

CURIOUS ABOUT ACTIVITIES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? ...about construction activity, development request, building permits, code enforcement notices, and crime activity, visit this link real-time information and simply enter an address or intersection and see all activity submitted to the city for the last six months.

     For the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors, 

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

     8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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